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Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans to participate in 2016 Invictus Games

May 4, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today, a 28-member Canadian team, including five members of the Canadian Armed Forces and 23 veterans, is traveling to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the 2016 Invictus Games. The 2016 Invictus Games – a Prince Harry initiative – are being held from May 8-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.

The Team Canada athletes will compete in seven adaptive sports events, including: archery; indoor rowing; powerlifting; road cycling; sitting volleyball; swimming; and track and field. Their participation is made possible, in part, through the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On Program – an initiative that encourages ill and injured personnel to achieve and maintain a healthy and active lifestyle, as an integral part of their recovery.

Quotes

“Sports push our limits and allow us to reach new heights. Our 2016 Invictus Games Team Canada athletes have faced challenges on and off the battlefield, and are now allowing themselves to be challenged once again, this time on the sports field. To all of our athletes – we are incredibly proud of your journey so far. Your perseverance is an inspiration. We wish you the very best of luck at the games next week.”

Harjit S. Sajjan, Defence Minister

"I know that our Veterans competing in the 2016 Invictus Games will dig deep to find an inner strength and tenacity to see things through to the end. They may have taken off their uniform, but they have not given up on their drive to overcome any adversity. Good luck to our athletes on Team Canada, the whole country is behind you."

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

Quick Facts

  • The 2016 Invictus Games will bring together more than 500 competitors from 15 participating countries and feature 10 competitive events.

  • Canada will host the 2017 Invictus Games next year in Toronto. More than 600 athletes from 16 participating countries are expected to compete in 12 sporting events.

  • Since its inception in 2006, the Canadian Armed Forces’ Soldier On Program has helped more than 1500 ill and injured members.

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Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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